Corporate Counsel, Business Transactions

PfizerNew York, New YorkFull TimeOn Site


The Corporate Counsel, Business Transactions, will join a small, high-powered team of talented attorneys dedicated to the structuring, negotiation, execution and related legal support for Pfizer’s most significant strategic transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, divestitures, licenses, alliances and collaborations, joint ventures and other complex, high-value and high-profile transactions across all Pfizer businesses and geographies



  • Counsel Pfizer leaders on structuring, negotiating and executing complex business development transactions
  • Types of transactions supported include M&A, licensing, collaboration, joint venture and strategic investments
  • Advise on issues under existing collaboration/JV agreements and past business development transactions
  • Structure complex transactions and develop solutions to challenging legal and business issues
  • Manage risk and ensure Pfizer gets the intended benefit of the transaction
  • Coordinate large cross-functional deal teams, including internal legal and non-legal subject matter experts, external counsel and other advisors throughout all phases of the transaction process
  • Manage teams responsible for timely and flawless execution of large-scale transactions, including securities filings, regulatory approvals, integration planning, shareholder approvals and local deal implementation and operational readiness activities in multiple jurisdictions worldwide 
  • Supervise and direct outside counsel support for transactions; manage outside counsel budget and utilization
  • Support and contribute to Pfizer Legal Division projects and initiatives


Must Have:

  • Strong academic background
  • Juris Doctor degree or equivalent required
  • Member of State Bar
  • 7+ years’ experience
  • 5+ as a corporate or transactional attorney in a large national or international law firm and/or in-house legal department at a major corporation, preferably in the pharmaceutical or life sciences sector
  • Broad experience structuring, negotiating and executing strategic transactions in the pharmaceutical/life sciences sector, including licensing and collaboration transactions, public and private M&A transactions, and general corporate law matters
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Sound and practical judgment, as well as common sense
  • Ability to work independently and under tight timelines and to plan, prioritize and organize multiple cross-functional tasks 
  • Strong leadership, analytic, organization and project management skills
  • Candidate demonstrates a breadth of diverse leadership experiences and capabilities including: the ability to influence and collaborate with peers, develop and coach others, oversee and guide the work of other colleagues to achieve meaningful outcomes and create business impact.


Nice To Have:

  • Experience as the primary or lead transactional attorney on complex pharmaceutical/life sciences transactions for a large national or international law firm or comparable in-house experience
  • Experience with cross-border M&A transactions
  • Experience with large-scale legal entity restructuring programs (i.e., internal corporate reorganization projects)
  • Experience with divestitures, out-licensing or similar externalization transactions
  • Experience with venture capital and other strategic investment transactions
  • Experience drafting or negotiation ancillary transaction agreements, such as transitional services agreements, investment agreements, manufacturing supply agreements or IP license agreements



  • Some travel will be required, could be national or international approximately to 10%, project dependent


Other Job Details:

  • Last Date to Apply for Job: 21 September 2023
  • Work Location Assignment: Flexible - Must be able to work from assigned Pfizer office 2-3 days per week, or as needed by the business


The annual base salary for this position ranges from $168,300.00 to $280,400.00. In addition, this position offers an annual bonus with a target of 22.5% of the base salary and eligibility to participate in our share based long term incentive program. Benefits offered include a retirement savings plan, paid vacation, holiday and personal days, paid caregiver/parental and medical leave, and health benefits to include medical, prescription drug, dental and vision coverage in accordance with the terms and conditions of the applicable plans. Pfizer compensation structures and benefit packages are aligned locally, the US Salary range provided does not apply to the Tampa, FL or any EXUS locations.

Relocation assistance may be available based on business needs and/or eligibility.


Sunshine Act

Pfizer reports payments and other transfers of value to health care providers as required by federal and state transparency laws and implementing regulations.  These laws and regulations require Pfizer to provide government agencies with information such as a health care provider’s name, address and the type of payments or other value received, generally for public disclosure.  Subject to further legal review and statutory or regulatory clarification, which Pfizer intends to pursue, reimbursement of recruiting expenses for licensed physicians may constitute a reportable transfer of value under the federal transparency law commonly known as the Sunshine Act.  Therefore, if you are a licensed physician who incurs recruiting expenses as a result of interviewing with Pfizer that we pay or reimburse, your name, address and the amount of payments made currently will be reported to the government.  If you have questions regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to contact your Talent Acquisition representative.


EEO & Employment Eligibility

Pfizer is committed to equal opportunity in the terms and conditions of employment for all employees and job applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, gender identity or gender expression, national origin, disability or veteran status.  Pfizer also complies with all applicable national, state and local laws governing nondiscrimination in employment as well as work authorization and employment eligibility verification requirements of the Immigration and Nationality Act and IRCA.  Pfizer is an E-Verify employer.

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